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Measles Cases Surge In Europe

Measles Cases Surge In Europe

Measles has been declared eliminated in 35 of the 53 countries in the WHO's European region for 2018, down from 37 in 2017.

"Re-establishment of measles transmission is concerning", said Dr Günter Pfaff, Chair of the European Regional Verification Commission for Measles and Rubella Elimination (RVC).

The Czech health authorities registered 579 cases of measles in the first seven months of this year, compared to 203 in the previous year.

"There are categorically families, communities, people who receive misinformation not only about the severity of the disease and the risks, but also about the efficacy of their vaccines and their safety".

"Work is continuing across the NHS to ensure messages about the safety, and life-saving nature of vaccinations are heard, and it is encouraging that World Health Organization has increased its focus on measles elimination and upgraded action to address the challenges which have allowed this deadly virus to persist in countries including the UK". Social media platforms have been increasingly under fire for promoting misleading and incorrect content, including by opponents of vaccination.

The spread of the measles virus has yet again gained crucial importance, as, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), cases of the disease have been observed in a number of countries across the world.

Eradicated in the U.S.in 2002, measles has re-emerged as a public health threat.

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Now there is a "reasonable chance" the country could lose its status in October, according to Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

Justwan's most recent study found vaccine skeptics may consider whether a disease outbreak has occurred near them when making decisions about vaccinations.

The HSE is now rolling out HPV vaccination programme for first-year secondary school boys and girls.

The WHO's Kate O'Brien put the blame on weak health systems and misinformation about vaccines, and called on social media outlets and communities to make sure information about preventing the highly contagious disease was accurate.

"Ninety-thousand cases in the first half of the year is a massive amount of measles", she said, adding that nations should be ramping up routine vaccination programs to proactively identify under-vaccinated groups. About 61 percent of low-trust individuals had a more favorable opinion of vaccines if they lived within 100 miles of an outbreak, That increase in favorability dropped to about 39 percent if a person lived within 500 miles of an outbreak and to 17 percent within 1,000 miles of an outbreak.

"This is a really big deal".